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Memorial Demolition Derby Car

DSC_4708-1024x682On December 24, 2012, word spread quickly of a tragedy in West Webster, NY where the lives of two volunteer firefighters were tragically lost in the line of duty.  While responding to a routine vehicle fire with exposures they were met with sniper fire by a man waiting to ambush those who volunteered to help.  Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Koszowka were killed and two other firefighters were injured at this horrific scene early in the morning, the day before Christmas.

On January 21, 2013, Fire Captain Matthew Porcari of the Owego Fire Department was killed while battling a structure fire in neighboring Newark Valley.  Having entered the house to knock down the fire, the floor gave way and he plummeted into the basement.  During that fire, another firefighter was also injured.

This year I have decided to enter a firefighter themed car into the Otsego County Fair’s demolition derby.  The vehicle will be painted and decaled
(see more  photos in gallery) in honor of these three brave “local” firefighters so tragically lost by name and in memory of all those that have lost their lives while serving their communities.  The car will run in the 1:00pm demo on Sunday August 4, 2013 at the fairgrounds.  In addition to the derby itself the car will be seen in the County Fire Service parade to be held on Tuesday July 30th at the fairgrounds.

Any Fire Department, business or individual who would be interested in assisting in the sponsorship  of this dedicated car may do so by contacting me at (607) 267-7160.  All funds raised above the amount needed to prepare the car for competition will be divided equally and donated to the memorial funds in West Webster and Owego in support of the fire service to our lost or injured brothers.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Kevin Rous, Second Assistance Chief
Edmeston Fire Department


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